Eating out at cafes is an enjoyable social experience that you shouldn’t have to miss out on for the sake of your health journey. Many people worry that going to restaurants or cafes always means overindulging, however, it is possible to eat healthily when eating out.
Costa Coffee is one of the nation’s favourite coffee shops, and offers a comfortable space ideal for working or socialising in. Amongst muffins, croissants, and paninis, there are some healthier alternatives when you find yourself eating there.
It is also completely ok to enjoy a sweet treat when you really want one. The important thing is that this isn’t a frequent indulgence, and you focus on finding the motivation to get back to your healthy habits afterwards.
Science suggests that a reduced carbohydrate diet is the most effective diet for weight loss. Lower-carb diets are particularly effective for those who struggle with blood glucose control (for e.g. people with type 2 diabetes). On top of this, eating plenty of non-starchy vegetables (e.g. broccoli or peppers), protein (e.g. meat or fish), and healthy fats (e.g. olive oil or nuts) has many health benefits.
To save you time and stress, the registered nutritionists here at Second Nature have gone through the Costa Coffee menu and nutritional information and picked out some healthier options. Not all the options are strictly low-carb, but provide the best-balanced meals on offer. Vegetarian options are marked with a (v).
If weight loss is your goal, these options will leave you satisfied and can be included as part of a lower-carb eating plan:
These options are all balanced meals but are slightly higher in carbohydrate content:
Once you have chosen a balanced meal or snack, bear in mind that many drinks contain hidden sugars that would dramatically increase the carb content of your meal. Many of the drinks are close or exceed the maximum recommended daily allowance (RDA) of sugar in the UK (30g). Here are some examples:
To keep you meal lower-carb opt for: